Calman Required Version

  • Calman Studio, Video Pro, or Ultimate
  • For instructions on Calman Home for LG see This Article
Calman Required Workflows
  • LG - Autocal
Required Hardware
  • HDR and Dolby Vision Compatible Pattern Generator
    • For 2019 and newer models, this can be the LG Internal Pattern Generator (For more info see This Article)
    • For 2018 models, a hardware pattern generator like the VideoForge Pro must be used for HDR and Dolby Vision Calibration
  • HDR Compatible Meter
  • Calman Compatible LG TV
    • 2022
      • Alpha 9 G5
      • OLED
        • C2, G2, M2, R2, Z2
      • LCD
        • QNED99, NANO99, NANO97
    • 2021
      • Alpha 9 G4
        • OLED
          • C1, G1, M1, R1, Z1
        • LCD
          • QNED99, QNED95, NANO99, NANO95
    • 2020
      • Alpha 9 Gen 3
        • OLED
          • CX, GX, WX, ZX
        • LCD
          • NANO99, NANO097, NANO095,
      • Alpha 7 G3
        • OLED
          • BX 
        • LCD
          • NANO090, and NANO085
    • 2019
      • Alpha 9 Gen 2
        • OLED R9 Z9 W9 W9S E9 C9 B9
        • NanoCell SM99
      • Alpha 7 Gen 2
        • NanoCell LCD
        • OLED B9
    • 2018
      • Alpha 9 Gen 1
        • OLED C8 E8 G8 W8
      • Alpha 7 Gen 1
        • SuperUHD LCD

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SDR Calibration

Step 1

  • From the Calman Menu in the top-left, choose Open Workflow Template -> Display Specific and then AutoCal - LG
  • On the introduction screen, click SDR Calibration to proceed to the hardware connect page
  • Plug your meter into a USB port on the computer and press the Find Meter button on the left
    • When your meter is connected, select your display type from the dropdown (this will vary by meter)
  • Connect Pattern Source to your computer. If you're using the internal pattern generator in 2019+ TVs, see this article for connection steps
    • Click the Find Source button then select your source
    • Select the pattern window size
      • OLED:  Window 10%
      • LCD and NanoCell: APL 10
  • Connect to your LG TV
    • Click the Find LG TV Button
    • Pick the LCD or OLED Model you are calibrating in the drop-down under Model.
    • Enter your TV's IP Address into the connection dialog box, and click Connect

  • When prompted, enter the 8 digit passcode displayed on the TV (Will only appear on first connect for 2022+ models)


Step 2

Confirm your calibration targets and prepare TV

  • For SDR, calibration targets should be:
    • Rec709
    • D65
    • Gamma
      • For a reference viewing mode (Night Mode)
        • OLED models should target Power 2.4 gamma formula
        • Super UHD LCD models should target ITU BT.1886
      • For a bright room viewing mode (Day Mode), both OLED and LCD models should target Power 2.2 gamma formula. 
    • Hardware Options
      • Pattern Size:
        • OLED: Window 10
        • LCD: Constant APL 10

Step 3

For best results, please configure your Calman settings to match the configuration recommended below. 

  • To prevent an LG OLED display from entering its auto-dimming mode during extended measurements, the Calman Pattern Insertion feature periodically inserts a different test pattern during extended test pattern measurements, to reset the display’s auto-dimming timer. This is not required on LCD and NanoCell models.
    • Press Set SDR Default to configure the following settings
      • Pattern Insertion
        • Frequency: 45
        • Duration: 5
        • Pattern Level: 25
      • Pattern Stilization
        • Patches: 1
        • Duration: 1
        • Level: 10

Step 4

In this step, you'll take readings of your display before the calibration. These will be used to compare your calibration results

  • To take Pre-Calibration Measurements click the Read Series [...] button to measure the display's grayscale and ColorChecker response
    • This will provide a point of reference to compare your calibration results

Step 5

  • Select Picture Mode to Calibrate.
    • Each Picture Mode is a separate memory slot for calibration data. Calibrations to one mode and colorspace do not affect the other picture modes.
  • Using the picture mode dropdown menu on the RIGHT, select which picture mode you would like to calibrate.
    • SDR Picture Modes:
      • Cinema
      • Expert Bright
      • Expert Dark
      • Game (Low Latency)
      • Technicolor (2018/2019)
      • Filmmaker (2020+)
  • After selecting your picture mode, click the Full DDC Reset button. This resets and prepares the picture mode for calibration.
  • Click Next after the DDC reset is complete
  • Enable the calibration process by checking the checkbox on this page. If it is already checked, proceed to the next workflow page.

Step 6

In this step, you will be able to adjust the Luminance of your display to match your desired target. Luminance is a subjective target. SDR reference luminance is 100cd/m2, but you may need to target higher to account for the ambient light in your environment

  • Click the Read Continuous button to measure your TV's light output at 100% white and adjust the display’s peak white to the desired luminance.
    • Luminance is a subjective target. SDR reference luminance is 100nits, but you may need to target higher to account for the ambient light in your environment.
  • Adjust your TV's backlight/OLED light control so your TV is about 15% brighter than your final target to account for a reduction in luminance when calibrating the 1D LUT in the next step
  • Press Stop when luminance adjustment is complete

Step 7

Here Calman will adjust the Multipoint Greyscale of your display using a 1D LUT

  • Press the AutoCal button and select the correct data points in the AutoCal Dialog to auto-calibrate the Grayscale/Luminance response on your display.
    • There are several SDR Greyscale Point options. Choose the one that best fits your video levels. In most case 26pts SDR 16-255 is appropriate
    • The brightness and contrast controls need to be set to default for the 1D LUT AutoCal to work correctly. (B: 50 C: 85)
  • Click OK to begin greyscale AutoCal

Step 8

On this page, Calman will calibrate the Color Management using a 3D LUT

  • Press the AutoCal button to open AutoCal dialog
    • Calman has multiple methods for creating a 3D LUT. For information about these LUTs see THIS ARTICLE
  • Choose the video range that matches your target and pattern generator settings
  • Click OK to begin colorspace AutoCal process
  • When AutoCal is complete, press the Next button to proceed
    • Uncheck the Enable Calibration checkbox to apply the 3D LUT
    • Press Next

Step 9

It's common to lose some overall luminance after the 1D LUT calibration. Use step this to adjust back to your luminance target if it has changed

  • Click the Read Continuous button to measure your TV's light output at 100% white and adjust the display’s peak white to the desired luminance.
    • Luminance is a subjective target. SDR reference luminance is 100nits, but you may need to target higher to account for the ambient light in your environment.
  • Adjust your TV's backlight/OLED light control so your TV is about 15% brighter than your final target to account for a reduction in luminance when calibrating the 1D LUT in the next step
  • Press Stop when luminance adjustment is complete

Step 10

  • Disable Calibration Mode by unchecking the checkbox

Step 11

Post-calibration readings to document the post-calibration condition of the display.

  • Click the Read Series [...] button

SDR Calibration is complete.


HDR Calibration

Step 1

  • From the Calman Menu in the top-left, choose Open Workflow Template -> Display Specific and then AutoCal - LG
  • On the introduction screen, click HDR Calibration to proceed to the hardware connect page
  • Plug your meter into a USB port on the computer and press the Find Meter button on the left
    • When your meter is connected, select your display type from the dropdown (this will vary by meter)
  • Connect Pattern Source to your computer. If you're using the internal pattern generator in 2019+ TVs, see this article for connection steps
    • Click the Find Source button then select your source
    • Ensure HDR is enabled
    • Select the pattern window size
      • OLED:  Window 10%
      • LCD and NanoCell: APL 10
  • Connect to your LG TV
    • Click the Find LG TV Button
    • Pick the LCD or OLED Model you are calibrating in the drop-down under Model.
    • Enter your TV's IP Address into the connection dialog box, and click Connect

Step 2

Confirm your calibration targets and prepare TV

  • For HDR, calibration targets should be:
    • rec.2020
    • D65
    • Gamma st.2084
      • LG HDR and Dolby Vision calibration is completed with a 2.2 gamma curve and HDR /Dolby Vision processing is disabled

Step 3

Confirm your calibration targets and prepare TV

  • To prevent an LG OLED display from entering its auto-dimming mode during extended measurements, the Calman Pattern Insertion feature periodically inserts a different test pattern during extended test pattern measurements, to reset the display’s auto-dimming timer. This is not required on LCD and NanoCell models.
    • Press Set HDR/DV Default to configure the following settings
      • Pattern Insertion
        • Frequency: 5
        • Duration: 5
        • Pattern Level: 25
      • Pattern Stabilization
        • Patches: 1
        • Duration: 1
        • Level: 10

Step 4

In this step, you'll take readings of your display before the calibration. These will be used to compare your calibration results

  • To take Pre-Calibration Measurements click the Read Series [...] button to measure the display's grayscale and ColorChecker response
    • This will provide a point of reference to compare your calibration results

Step 5

Using the Picture Mode dropdown menu to the right, select which HDR picture mode you would like to calibrate

  • Select Picture Mode to Calibrate.
    • Each Picture Mode is a separate memory slot for calibration data. Calibrations to one mode and colorspace do not affect the other picture modes.
  • Using the picture mode dropdown menu on the right, select which picture mode you would like to calibrate.
    • HDR Picture Modes:
      • HDR Cinema
      • HDR Game (Low Latency)
      • Technicolor HDR (2019/2018)
      • Filmmaker HDR (2020+)
  • After selecting your picture mode, click the Reset. This resets and prepares the picture mode for calibration.
  • Click Next after the DDC reset is complete
  • Enable the calibration process by checking the checkbox on this page. If it is already checked, proceed to the next workflow page.

Step 6

Here Calman will adjust the Multipoint Greyscale of your display using a 1D LUT

  • Press the AutoCal button and select the correct data points in the AutoCal Dialog to auto-calibrate the Grayscale/Luminance response on your display.
    • Select LG 20 Points HDR
    • The brightness and contrast controls need to be set to default for the 1D LUT AutoCal to work correctly. (B: 50 C: 100)
  • Click OK to begin greyscale AutoCal

Step 7

On this page, Calman will calibrate the Color Management using a 3D LUT
  • Press the AutoCal button to open AutoCal dialog
  • Calman has a new method for creating a 3D LUT. It is called the Matrix LUT which creates a 3D LUT using 3x3 Matrix math by reading just five color patches.
    • This is the only recommended 3D  LUT method for HDR Calibration.
  • Click OK to begin colorspace AutoCal process
  • When AutoCal is complete, press the Next button to proceed

Step 8

Note: This step will only be present when connected to 2019+ LG TVs. For more info on the Custom Tone Map feature see this article

To set a custom tone map:
  1. Measure the peak luminance for the display in HDR mode
  2. Enter the Luminance field in the workflow
    • This is also available in the Display DDC tab
  3. Press the Tone Curve Upload button in the workflow to load the tone curve values into the display
  4. Use the Import Tone Curve button to upload the custom tone curve targets into Calman

  • When Complete
    • Uncheck the Enable Calibration checkbox to apply the 3D LUT
    • Press Next

Step 9

Post-calibration readings to document the post-calibration condition of the display.

  • Click the Read Series [...] button

HDR Calibration is complete.


Dolby Vision Calibration

This new Dolby Vision calibration process is quite different than any previous calibration process for TVs.

First, some background information. Current HDR-compatible televisions are still based on 2.2 gamma at the panel level. The HDR EOTF (ST 2084 or HLG) is then mapped onto the native panel response of 2.2 gamma.

Working with LG and Dolby, Calman sends special Dolby Vision "Relative Mode" metadata to put the TV's Dolby Vision engine into pass-through mode. You then calibrate the grayscale 1D LUT to 2.2 gamma and D65 white point using AutoCal.

After you calibrate the grayscale to 2.2 gamma and D65, you will use Calman to create a custom Dolby Vision config file, by taking White, Black, Red, Green, and Blue measurements.

To verify the results of your calibration, you will set your pattern generator's Dolby Vision metadata to "Absolute Mode." Then, verify the calibration results against D65, P3 Primaries, and ST 2084 EOTF.

Step 1

  • From the Calman Menu in the top-left, choose Open Workflow Template -> Display Specific and then AutoCal - LG
  • On the introduction screen, click Dolby Vision Calibration to proceed to the hardware connect page
  • Plug your meter into a USB port on the computer and press the Find Meter button on the left
    • When your meter is connected, select your display type from the dropdown (this will vary by meter)
  • Connect to your LG TV
    • Click the Find LG TV Button
    • Pick the LCD or OLED Model you are calibrating in the drop-down under Model.
    • Enter your TV's IP Address into the connection dialog box, and click Connect
  • Connect Pattern Source to your computer. If you're using the internal pattern generator in 2019+ TVs, see this article for connection steps
    • Click the Find Source button then select your source
    • Ensure HDR is enabled
    • Select the pattern window size
      • OLED:  Window 10%
      • LCD and NanoCell: APL 10

  • Enable Dolby Vision on your pattern generator.  Configure your Dolby Vision metadata to Absolute (as seen in the screenshot to the right)
  • Click Next
  • A Dolby Vision verification screen will appear to verify that the Dolby Vision signal is being interpreted properly


Step 2

Confirm your calibration targets and prepare TV

  • For HDR, calibration targets should be:
    • DCI P3
    • D65
    • Gamma st.2084
      • LG HDR and Dolby Vision calibration is completed with a 2.2 gamma curve and HDR /Dolby Vision processing is disabled

Step 3

Confirm your calibration targets and prepare TV

  • To prevent an LG OLED display from entering its auto-dimming mode during extended measurements, the Calman Pattern Insertion feature periodically inserts a different test pattern during extended test pattern measurements, to reset the display’s auto-dimming timer. This is not required on LCD and NanoCell models.
    • Press Set HDR/DV Default to configure the following settings
      • Pattern Insertion
        • Frequency: 5
        • Duration: 5
        • Pattern Level: 25
      • Pattern Stabilization
        • Patches: 1
        • Duration: 1
        • Level: 10

Step 4

In this step, you'll take readings of your display before the calibration. These will be used to compare your calibration results

  • To take Pre-Calibration Measurements click the Read Series [...] button to measure the display's grayscale and ColorChecker response
    • This will provide a point of reference to compare your calibration results

Step 5

Using the Picture Mode dropdown menu to the right, select which HDR picture mode you would like to calibrate

  • Select Picture Mode to Calibrate.
    • Each Picture Mode is a separate memory slot for calibration data. Calibrations to one mode and colorspace do not affect the other picture modes.
  • Using the picture mode dropdown menu on the right, select which picture mode you would like to calibrate.
    • Dolby Vision Picture Modes:
      • Dolby Vision Cinema
      • Dolby Vision Cinema Home
      • Dolby Vision Game (Low Latency)
  • After selecting your picture mode, click the Reset. This resets and prepares the picture mode for calibration.
  • Click Next after the DDC reset is complete
  • Enable the calibration process by checking the checkbox on this page. If it is already checked, proceed to the next workflow page.
  • For Dolby Vision calibrations the pattern generator metadata must be switched from Absolute to Relative.

Step 6

Here Calman will adjust the Multipoint Greyscale of your display using a 1D LUT

  • Press the AutoCal button and select the correct data points in the AutoCal Dialog to auto-calibrate the Grayscale/Luminance response on your display.
    • Select LG 20 Points HDR
    • The brightness and contrast controls need to be set to default for the 1D LUT AutoCal to work correctly. (B: 50 C: 100)
  • Click OK to begin greyscale AutoCal

Step 7

Here you will create a configuration file specifically for Dolby Vision. This will calibrate the CMS in Dolby Vision Mode

  • Click on the Create Dolby Vision Config button, to create a custom Dolby Vision config file, consisting of White, Black, Red, Green, and Blue measurement data.
  • After the config file has been created, load the file into the TV using the On/Off button
  • Uncheck the Enable Calibration checkbox to apply the 3D LUT
  • Change the pattern source metadata to Absolute before validating the calibration in the next step.


Step 8

Post-calibration readings to document the post-calibration condition of the display.

  • Click the Read Series [...] button

Dolby Vision Calibration is complete.